New York: A new study has found that exercising with a mask does not increase body temperature or heart rate during exercise. Researchers at the University of Connecticut tested four types of masks: a surgical mask; An N95 respirator and a gator, which covers the neck.
A recent study published in the journal Sports Health found that none of them had a significant increase in body temperature or heart rate compared to the group without a mask.
Participants walk or jog for 10 minutes at low or moderate exercise intensity in an environment of 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ayami Yoshihara, director of sports protection at the Corey Stringer Institute in Yukon, said: “Before this study, no one knew if wearing a hot mask would put extra strain on a person who exercised. Exercise should be done where your body is already dealing with extra stress, which will affect safety.
Yoshihara and his team also measured humidity and temperature inside and outside the face mask. They placed sensors inside and outside the masks on the participants ’faces.
They found that sport masks and gaiters were significantly reduced because the mask absorbed more sweat and water vapor from the outside air.
Due to changes in humidity and temperature inside the mask, participants reported a greater degree of shortness of breath during exercise with the mask, there was no correlation between the reported discomfort and body temperature and heart rate measurements.
Yoshihara hopes the study could help create guidelines for athletes who are exercising and competing in the summer and autumn, when ambient temperatures are still high.
It is possible and safe to use the mask during low to medium intensity exercises in hot weather, Yoshihara said.